Nautitech Open 40 Boat Handling
When comparing a typical coach roof helm position versus the Nautitech Open 40 outboard helm position, the following should be considered. With twin helms on the hulls (with a bimini as standard over the starboard helm on the Horizon spec, and an optional one on the port side), you are driving the boat from a position where you have good visibility forward and aft, and you are able to see all four corners of the boat.
You can see the mainsail and the jib with ease, the jib sheet, mainsheet and traveller are all to hand. The topsides are very adequate at the aft quarter, so you do not feel exposed in anyway, and being at deck level, rather than elevated at a coach roof position, makes you feel more secure, and more in touch with the conditions and crew. Of course, the suite of Garmin electronics in harmony with the Garmin autopilot will drive for you, if you wish to move to the cockpit or saloon.
The Nautitech helm position, combined with relatively high aspect hydrodynamic rudder foils, gives feel and feedback on the helm that is often sadly lacking on a cruising cat. (A comparison of rudder and keel shapes in cruising cats makes the Nautitech 40 shine below the water, as much as above). The Nautitech 40 has fine entry, sacrificial keels, giving a draft of 4ft 5 inches. As an entirely separate molding that is bonded to the hull, it is possible to completely wreck a keel, without compromising the integrity of the hull in any way. The yacht also has watertight crash bulkheads forward. Effectively there are four, as the bow is divided each side horizontally and vertically, forward of the forward double berths.